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cache prefetch

Fu_J_Intel
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does openCL support cache prefetch?

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Robert_I_Intel
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In a sense, yes: if something was pulled into LLC$ or L3$, when you access it again, if it wasn't replaced it still be there.

Fu_J_Intel
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thanks, Robert.

I wonder if it is possible to EXPLICITLY prefetch data in OCL,  such as using some built-in kernel function ?

Robert_I_Intel
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Well, there is a block read extension (see Well, there are block reads: https://www.khronos.org/registry/cl/extensions/intel/cl_intel_subgroups.txt ), but that pulls the data all the way to registers. We don't have anything that forces block prefetches into L3$ or LLC$ except that the data is fetched in 64 byte cache lines, so if you touch even one byte, you get the whole cacheline - so that is sort of prefetch, right?

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